Roses in Tattoos

Roses are one of the most popular subjects in tattooing and have been around almost forever. They make for great tattoos by themselves, or could be added to a piece to fill it out. They work great almost anywhere on the body including arms, legs, shoulders and even the chest.

The piece below has a dagger going through a rose, done in a more traditional style, a contrast of sharp and soft with excellent shading.

by Reardon (tumblr)

by Reardon (tumblr)

This dagger is similar but adds color and a snake to the mix. Here we see the rose with yellow added to the petals instead of a simple red or pink, which I find myself preferring over a monotone palette. Shading my Life Owl’s petals with blue gave them a mysterious-vibe. I really like the reflections on the blade of the dagger, reflective of the brights colors in this tattoo.

 by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

by Gregor from gurutattoo.pl

At one point I contemplated getting a vocal-related tattoo, so the tattoo below speaks to me (no pun intended). The red roses frame the chrome microphone nicely and are accented by some cloud-blue shading. This piece sits well on it’s own but would also be a great starter to a full sleeve design.

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

by Mike Johnston at Sin Alley Tattoo in Pawtucket, RI (tumblr)

Black and white may make things simpler in terms of color-choices, but greyscale tattoos can be every bit as detailed as a full color version. These are shaded so smoothly that they appear life-like. The dark leaves and thick outlines give the realistic flowers an art-deco feeling,ย reminiscentย of Mucha’s works.

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Tattoo by Kim Saigh at Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA (via TattooSnob)

Whether highly detailed, or simple and pretty, roses are a great choice for a tattoo design. They will age well (provided they’re well done in a clean/professional manner) and always be a classic.

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

by @sinister_apples (via HighVoltageTattoo)

Progress 05-03-12

Oh hey, this is post 100! My traffic has increased dramatically over the past six months and I’d just like to thank all my new readers! I hope you like what you see and are enjoying my artistic journey. I have some pretty big news that I’m not quite ready to share with the public yet but it will change my blog in a big way. I’m so excited! Hopefully I’ll be able to spill the beans in the next month or so.

This post is brought to you by ScribeFire since WordPress’ site is still acting weird. So far, I like it! Very nice layout; it acts as an extension to your browser and has all the same functionality that WordPress’ site does.

Last night I spent a couple hours on the life owl illustration and honestly, got far enough into it that I don’t want to show it until it’s all done. However, I will allow a few teaser pics and show you the color-testing page. I’m glad I tested some of the colors out beforehand, but in actuality I’ve taken the final drawing in quite a different direction. I’m looking forward to finishing it and showing it off!

Teaser 1

Teaser 2

Life Owl Color Testing

The more I look at my abstract painting, the more I feel like it’s mostly done. I think I want to try and bring some more subtle highlights into it but beyond that, I don’t think I need to take it much further. A few weeks ago I did some blue-glazing on it to unify the color palette, which was feeling a bit all over the place.

Abstract for Bedroom

You may notice the lighting in my photos is slightly brighter than usual. That’s because I bought a proper desk lamp at Home Depot! The ceiling light in my studio is actually quite dim and the table lamp I had was ancient and very yellow-y. This one is much bright and much better: fully ajustable, and it comes with a clamp-mount.

I know I’ve been a bit quiet for the past week so I’ll attempt to have posts up tomorrow and Friday as well. Stay tuned, and thanks again for all the support!